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Habzelia.]                           PIORA INDICA.                                   123

ferent in snape, and the ovules are undoubtedly numerous, and not, as in M. Kentu}
reduced to two. Blume describes P. Kentii as a tree; but his own specimens, we
think, indicate that it is, like'the present plaiit, a climber

14. M. pisocarpum (H.f. et T.); foliis ellipticis vel ovalibus basi
rotundatis vel acutiusculis apicc angustatis obtusis ssepius emargiuatis
rigide coriaceis supra glajbris subtus pallidis pube minutissima incanis,
floribus axillaribus solitarfis, alabastris triquetro-subglobosis, carpellis
pisiformib.us.

HAB. In sylvis prope Malacca, Griffith !—(v. s.)

Unite* vcrosimiliter scandens, ramosissimus. Ramuli foliosi, nigricantes, viz ru-
gulosi, glabri, juniores ineaiio-puberuli; gemmse aureo-sericeae. Folia lf-3 poll,
longa, 1£-1£ la-tas Pet- i-p°ll-> ^ sicco creberrime reticulata, nervis parallels leviter
arcuatis inconspieuis. Peduneuli i—4-pollicares, basi articnlati, bracteis 2 minutis
squamiujformibus deciduis muniti. Sepala ovalia, basi coalita, coriacea, grannlosa,
glabra, in fructu persisteutia. Petala exteriora late ovalia, fere rotundata, extus
aureo-sericea, intns cinerco-incana, macula basilari (ex sicco atro-purpurea) glabra,
ovata; interiora, dimidio breviora, angusic ol>longa, dorso sericea, carinato-convexa,
intus basi excavata, glabra, supra medium triquetra. Stamina connectivi processu
subgloboso carnoso terminata. Ovaria oblonga, ovulis in axi 2 superpositis. Styli
oblongi, ovarium fere ccquantes. Carpella. tore capitate glabro nmbellatim inserta,
4-8 vel plura, ovalia vcl globosa, 2-3 lineas longa, pedicello aequilongo, glabra,
granulosa, Semina 1-2, snperposita, plano-convexa, rotundata, regulariter foveolata,
atro-fusca, margine rhaphe liita percursa.

This species is very closely allied to if. Kentii, Biume, but the broader emarginate
leaves and the smaller flowers sufficiently distinguish it. The terminal process, of
the stamens, too, is different.

11. HABZELXA, Alph. DC.

.B&pala. 3, acuta, basi connata. Petala 6, biserialia, sestivatione val-
vata, e basi inflata intus concava, elongato-Knearia, apice triquetra; in-
teriora puullo minora. Tones planus. Stamina linearia, connective
ultra antheras dorsales biloculares in processum oblongum producto.
Ovaria inde'finita, oblonga, in conum conniventia, dense strigosa, mul-
tiovulata, stylo sequilougo subulato recto terminata. Carpella elongata,
cylindrica, numerosa. Semina oblonga, non compressa, septis cellu-
losis separata.—Arbores, foliis coriaceis, nervis obliguis parallel!* fal-
catis tttbtus jprominvtia, floribus oxiUaribus elongate triquetns.

This genus was instituted by M. Alph. De Candolle for the reception of the
Unontt Mthiopica of authors, which, however, as we learn from Richard (FL Cub®),
has the hollowed torus of Xylopia, and is therefore perhaps more properly refer-
able to that genus. Our materials do not enable us to determine this point; but
the two species described below present-all the characters assigned by De Can-
dolle to Habzelia, and one of them has a fruit very like thei Guinea pepper of
commerce. They much resemble Habzelia Mthioyica of Alphi De Candolle in
general appearance, so far as we can jndge from a very imperfect specimen, of that
species, and recede considerably from the majority of the 'species of Jfylopia. The.
stamens of our Indian species are remarkable for the curious structure of the anther-
cells, which are hairy, and divided by & series of transverse partitions, which give
them an J

1. H» ferroginea (H.f. et T.); foliis lineaii-oblongis acutis basi
rotundatis subtus fuseo-pubescentibos, floribus axillaribus solitariis.